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Japan's climate policy in doubt?

By Juliet Eilperin

The new Japanese government is reaching a crossroads in how it will crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, and some green groups are worried about which path it will choose.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his government have pledged to cut emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, but some government ministries are lobbying for a "carbon intensity" measure, in which carbon output would be measured relative to economic activity. Hatoyama will present his plan to the cabinet Thursday.

The World Wildlife Fund is lobbying Japanese officials to stick to the absolute reduction target of 25 percent, which the government promised to do under the Copenhagen Accord reached in December.

"If the bill includes 'intensity-based' emissions trading schemes then it does not consider the emissions cap that the Japanese government has promised to the Japanese people during the elections and to the world following the Copenhagen Accord," said Naoyuki Yamagishi, WWF-Japan's Head of Climate Change.

If Hatoyama presses ahead with his party's ambitious plan, it could encourage other industrialized nations to follow suit. If not, it could deal a blow to the international effort to reach a meaningful climate deal by the end of the year.


Juliet Eilperin

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Adding to comment below from snorbertzangox:

Not only did they falsify their adjusted temperatures with adjustments they knew were bogus, the whole premise rests on believing that even the falsified 20th century temperatures are 'unprecedented' and that polar ice melting is 'unprecedented'.

There is ample documentation that humans were living in Greenland at the beginning of the millennium in a climate much warmer than today. We don't need tree ring or ice core proxies to measure this, the Norwegians have records from their settlements.

Without 'unprecedented' in front of current temperatures, we don't have a climate crisis to worry about. We just have normal climate variability which some honest scientists may someday prove was warmer than it otherwise would have been due to CO2. To do so, they will need to do actual repeatable research with data that isn't fudged to make the numbers fit the AGW doctrine.

The Japanese and Chinese have figured this out a long time ago. They will happily discuss plans for the US to cripple its remaining industries so we can purchase even more from them. Their efforts to 'go green' will involve efficiently managing their coal and nuclear energy production so they can undersell the fools in the US who are using windmills and vegetable oil or alcohol.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | March 14, 2010 9:35 PM
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Ms. Eilperin,

Please refrain from referring to various schemes that governments devise to increase the cost of energy by rationing carbon emissions as efforts to control our climate. There is no reliable evidence that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions have had or will ever have a significant impact on the temperature of the climate.

The cascade of papers that analyze the existing temperature records, CRU, NASA and NOAA, show warming in the last half of the 20th century, primarily because the stations were contaminated by urban heat island effects. The most recent paper demonstrates divergence between the satellite data and the surface data. The two data sets show approximately equivalent trends for the first few years of satellite data; however, they show that the surface data have increased significantly faster than the satellite data for the past 20 years. Studies of station records show that a majority of stations suffer the effects of encroaching urbanization.

The conclusion is that the much ballyhooed claim that the average temperature has increased by 0.7 Celsius degrees in the past 100 years is much in doubt. The actual number may be less than half of that amount. A rise of 0.7 degrees per century is not unusual; a rise of 0.35 degrees per century is pedestrian.

The climate models, which are the source of the rumors that carbon dioxide is causing the temperature to increase, grossly over predict the temperature during the last half of the 20th century and cannot predict the lack of significant warming since 1997. The rate of increase of carbon dioxide has not changed. Ergo, carbon dioxide is not causing the warming, or the lack of warming.

Posted by: snorbertzangox | March 10, 2010 8:29 AM
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